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Vicky Carder

Hummer Us!

Posted Friday, August 17, 2012, at 8:22 AM
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  • Your comment about the red coloring being unnecessary reminded me of years ago when I was volunteering, as I sometimes do, at an arts camp for special needs kids. At this particular program, "special needs" is defined very broadly, and included kids with ADD or ADHD alongside those with physical or developmental disabilities.

    Anyway, for a couple of years one of my fellow volunteers was a woman with an advanced degree in child care, and she kept trying to tell the group that put on the camp not to serve red Kool-Aid, because the food coloring was supposedly a bad idea for ADD/ADHD kids. The camp staff kept insisting that they'd looked it up and the Kool-Aid used a different red coloring than the one to which my friend was referring. I have no idea who was right, but I don't think either side ever backed down.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 10:12 AM
  • Welcome! Fermented sugar water kind of sounds like booze. Hmmmm.

    Why do hummers fight so much? It seems even with their mates. Wait, that might not be that unusual.

    But seriously, they seem to burn up a lot more energy fighting than foraging. We've tried separating the feeders, but some busy body always seems to not want ANYONE else to share.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 1:41 PM
  • Hummingbirds are very territorial during breeding season. In the fall, when they mass before starting their migration, I think they are less aggressive.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 3:06 PM
  • Those little hummers are ferocious! We should be grateful they are so small.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 3:10 PM
  • Regarding fall gatherings, I agree that something seems different. There are certainly more around the feeder, but I though that was because word got out about the great cuisine.

    Vicky, earlier this year some of us were of the opinion that the hummers were later than usual. Do you have a thought on that? You might have been one of the responders, since I rarely know who is who on here. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 8:05 AM
  • I did respond, but have since changed my log-in name!

    Migration is an instinct that is unaffected by almost anything. The birds that come through here from April until June are heading further north - even into Canada.

    I believe the "lateness" was because we experienced an early spring with lots of flowers blooming ahead of schedule, plus the weather was warm enough for insects to emerge early. Therefore, there was more natural food available.

    Si, I don't think they were late. I think the hummers chose natural food. Of course, I am only reading their little minds!

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 9:28 AM
  • Thoughtful mind reading. It makes sense. Thanks!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 12:45 PM
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